Photo by Camilla Greenwell
Stefan Jovanović is an architect, choreographer & therapist working at the boundary between ritual-making performance, bespoke residential and public space design. He is currently based between Serbia, Italy & the United Kingdom. He trained as a dancer in parallel to his undegraduate studies at the AA. His professional career in the performing arts accelerated upon being accepted as a resident dance-artist in the Sadler’s Wells Summer University (2015-2018). Throughout his time there, he developed strong collaborations with other dance institutions across London, including Siobhan Davies Dance and London Contemporary Dance School. In 2017, upon graduating from the AA, he launched a performance salon in London, called Velvet Fools, via invitation of the late Will Alsop, gaining attraction for his architectural-choreographic work. He frequently collaborates with with choreographer Jonathan Burrows, having featured in his work 52 Portraits, as well being a dramaturge for Burrow’s and Fargions' current performance series, Music for Lectures. He has been the artistic & dramaturgical support for No-How Generator (2019) by Matthias Sperling, Blackbird (2018) by Katye Coe, and Traces du Serpent (2016) & Le Corps Écrivains (2016) by Mark Lorimer.
Stefan has been teaching since 2015, facilitating workshops and project briefs in the AA first year, London Contemporary Dance School and Independent Dance, London.
In 2018, Stefan began receiving funding from Arts Council England for the creation of his first group-work, Radical Togetherness, supported by Siobhan Davies Dance, Sadler’s Wells, Stone Nest and Maverick Projects. His first show Constellations was presented at Sadler’s Wells in June 2019. Between 2017 and 2020, he trained in somatic therapies including Somatic Experiencing® and Family Systemic Constellations, focusing on incorporating new strategies of mental well-being and collective trauma-healing in choreography, design, and pedagogy. He currently offers therapy sessions and workshops via his secondary practice Kinship Constellations.
Stefan is a member of the UK Architects Registration Board (ARB) as well as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Additionally he is a member of the Somatic Experiencing Association UK (SEA) and the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA). He has previously collaborated with Tarek Shamma Design (2018-19), Tanztheater Wuppertal/Pina Bausch (2018), Astronaut Kawada Architecture (2014- 2015), Boris Charmatz/Musée de la Danse (2015), Peter Macapia/labDORA (2012). He was the recipient of the danceWEB scholarship in ImpulsTanz International Festival of Dance (2016) and the New Museum IdeasCity Athens Fellowship (2016).